Culture, Screen

“All In”… at the Argentine Film Festival

The competition will take place between the 17th and 21st of April in London, and includes ten feature-length films, ten musical shorts and five films by young Argentinian directors.

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La suerte en 1All In” (“La suerte en tus manos”), a comedy directed by Daniel Burmán starring the musician and actor Jorge Drexler alongside the renowned actress Valeria Bertuccelli, will open the second Argentine Film Festival in London on the 17th of April.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival in April 2012, the competition has expanded this year at the Ritzy Cinema, Hackney Picturehouse and Cineworld Haymarket.

“All in”, which débuts in Brixton at 9pm, is the story of Uriel (Jorge Drexler), a divorcee and father of two children, who works in the family business.

However, his life changes when he bumps into his childhood sweetheart, Gloria (Valeria Bertuccelli) who, having just arrived from France, is recovering from a recent emotional break-up.

La suerte en 6 - Ricardo Darín
Ricardo Darín

The line-up of films also includes “The lost world cup” (“El mundial olvidado”), “Sadourní’s butterflies” (“Las Mariposas de Sadourní”), “Mount Bayo” (“Cerro Bayo”), “The ways of wine” (“El camino del vino”), “White elephant” (“Elefante blanco”), “Villegas”, “The dead man and being happy” (“El muerto y ser feliz”), “Sofia Turns 100” (“Sofía, cumple 100 años”) and “The man next door” (“El hombre de al lado”).

This programme demonstrates how the film industry is flourishing in the country that is famous for its herbal tea, mate. “While some themes, such as football and wine, are often associated with our country, there will also be a few surprises, such as the opportunity to discover new music and feature films which explore some of the less well-known aspects of the country”, says the director of the festival, Sofia Serbin de Skalon.

“The Lost World Cup” (2011) from director Lorenzo Garzella, pieces together the facts about the football world cup that was held in Patagonia in 1942 but never recognised by football’s official governing bodies.

La suerte en 3“Sadourní’s Butterflies”, directed by Dario Nardi, tells the story of a dwarf named Sadourní. After ten years behind bars he is allowed onto a programme of brief daily excursions which allow him to leave his prison during the day so that he can gradually reintegrate into society.

Directed by Victoria Galardi, “Mount Bayo” depicts the reaction of the family of Juana Keller (Adela Gleijer) after the mother’s attempted suicide. While she is in a coma, we see the best and the worst of each family member.

The next film, “The ways of wine”, the debut film by Nicolás Carreras, won the international critics’ prize at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and was also shown in the culinary cinema category in Berlin and San Sebastián.

La suerte en 4The film is a mixture of mock documentary and fiction, and it relates the paradoxical odyssey of a wine taster who has lost his palate.

“White Elephant” deals with the work of two priests, Julián (Ricardo Darín) and Nicolás (Jérémie Renier) in a slum in Buenos Aires. Their work will bring them into conflict not only with the ecclesiastical hierarchy and government forces, but also with drug traffickers and the police.

“Villegas” is the first feature-length film from Gonzalo Tobal. It reflects how successive generations of young people set off on their own path in life by leaving their home town to study, but as time passes they have to weigh up whether to follow their chosen career or look after their family.

“The Dead Man and Being Happy”, directed by Javier Rebollo and starring José Sacristán and Roxana Blanco, is the story of a Spanish man in Argentina who realizes that he is dying whilst in hospital in Buenos Aires. The man escapes from the hospital and heads north, travelling across Argentina.

La suerte en 7 - Jérémie Renier
Jérémie Renier

“The Man Next Door”, from director Mariano Cohn and Gastón Dupra, shows how a simple dividing wall can separate two worlds, two ways of dressing, of eating, and of living. On one side of the divide Leonardo (Rafael Spregelburd), a refined and celebrated designer, lives in a house designed by Le Corbusier.

Finally, the documentary “Sofia Turns 100” tells the story of Sofia Yussen, the grandmother of Joana d’Alessio who is the producer of the film. The film documents a life marked by the successive tragedies of Argentinian history, from the death of her father in the San Juan earthquake of 1944 to the disappearance of her son during the dictatorship and her forced exile at the age of 67.

The Festival also includes a selection of short films from up and coming directors, such as “Puede ver un puma”, “Noelia”, “Yeguas y cotorras”, “Nulespsy”, “La fiesta del casamiento”, and “Hoy no estoy”.

Date: 17th – 21st April. For more information visit the website.

 

(Translated by Rosalyn Harvey – Email: roz.harvey@hotmail.co.uk)

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